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II I STORY IN THE MAKING
as vision 2020 IS
COMINC; IN IO FOCUS
Those present at our commencement on
May 10 were eye witnesses to history being
made on Bryan hill. It was exciting to see
Bryan make significant strides toward realizing
Vision 2020 — what we desire Bryan to be in the
year 2020. This was our largest class of undergradu-
ates, it was our first class of graduate students
receiving their Master's in Business Administration
degrees, and we had the privilege of bestowing an
honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Mr.
Hi win D. Latimer of Lookout Mountain. Tenn.
Paid Gutacker. the graduating senior chosen by
his class to give the commencement address,
charged his class to have a "weighty hope," to have
a biblical understanding of what it means to live m
a world of evil while pursuing that great hope that
all of us as believers have.
As I reflected on Paul's address, it was so evident
that he and all of our students have had the privi-
lege ot learning from our outstanding (acuity — men
and women who understand a Christian world and
life view — and have internalized the truths that
emanate from scripture.
I believe that our Lord is pleased as Bryan con-
tinues to teach students to think critically and love
compassionately within a framework of the ultimate
authority of the Word of God. In a culture that
exalts man's wisdom as the highest authority. God
has called our students to engage that culture
with His truth.
I don't know of another college that so
effectively gives to students the intellectual tools
to understand our culture as well as prepares
their hearts to see this world for whom Christ
died. It is indeed a "weighty hope" that we
believers have, and I am so encouraged that
there is great future for our country and our
world with Bryan graduates who are growing in
their understanding of the mind of Christ and
their desire to be His instruments to effect His
May I encourage each of you alumni to
return to campus soon and find out how you
can be a part of the incredible opportunities
God is unlocking for your college. As Philip said
to Nathanael in John 1 :46, "Come and see" — see
our powerful God at work on Bryan Hill, see
the transformation taking place on our campus
and in the minds and hearts of our students,
come and see history in the making as Vision
2o2(l is coming into tocus.
Stephen D. Livesay. Ph.D
celebrates a bright future
A significant event - graduation — earned the
'"historic" label in May as Bryan conferred its
first graduate degrees, swarded diplomas to
its largest graduating class, and saluted a long-time
friend and trustee with an honorary doctorate.
Along the way, there was a special reunion tor
members of the ("lass of 1958, and a challenge to the
Class of 2(M)<S to walk as memorials to Jesus Christ.
Eleven members of the first cohort of graduate
students received their Master's in Business
Administration degrees. Bryan President Dr. Stephen
D. Livesay commended them For their pioneering
efforts in what is hoped will be a number of graduate
programs developed over the coming years. Unlike
the undergraduates. MBA candidates carried the
hood of their degree to the platform, where program
director Dr. Ray Smith ceremoniously draped it over
their shoulders before they received their diplomas.
Graduation weekend began with a dinner honor-
ing the Class of I 058 on Friday. Class members gath-
ered at Rhea House, the alumni center, and remi-
nisced before enjoying a meal together in the library.
Dr. Livesay told class members that while many
of the trappings of Bryan College have changed, the
heart remains unchanged with its commitment to the
motto of "Christ Above All." "In this [current] gener
ation of students we use a relational approach to spir-
itual formation, a different approach than you had.
because our children are different. It's the same mes-
sage, but a different approach. We want to keep at the
heart of the college Christ's command to love the
Lord with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind."
He told the group that the curriculum has a bib-^
Ileal foundation, "'not just Bible classes. It God is the ^^
Creator, learning more about His creation teaches us
more about Him."
On his way to the vespers service, he stopped by
the dinner honoring MBA graduates. He congratulat-
ed them on being the first Master's degree graduates
for the college and urged them to use their degrees
to make a positive difference tor the companies
w here they work.
The tr.ulitional vespers service, planned by the
seniors on their senior trip, included a tribute to
classmate Matt Wilhoite. who died in a traffic acci-
dent early in their freshman year.
David Ragland, '83, father of senior class
President Caleb Ragl.md. warned the graduates that
the next 20 to 25 years will fiv by. ""I feel like I
should be going through that [graduation] line." he
said. '"You will be here where I am soon enough."
Basing his remarks on Psalm 90, he challenged
the class to "'live your life intentionally. I encourage
you to intentionally invest m relationships with oth- ^.
ers. Guard against an indulgent, self-centered
IN FRONT OF US Wl
SEE THE PROMISE OF
ETERNITY AND THE
RLALIZATION OF OUR
HOPE. WE SEE THAT LIFE
WILL BE AS IT WAS MEANT
TO BE. ..HUMANS LIVING IN
RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH
OTHER AND GOD.
Class sponsor Dr. Randy Hollingsworth, also
father of graduate Taylor Hollingsworth. charged the
graduates to be deliberate, delivered, and dedicated.
He reminded them that the Children of Israel knew
the priests had to put their feet in the Jordan River,
"but they didn't know what God would do until they
put their feet in the water. They did get delivered.
^^^iat God said, He delivered."
^^ The Israelites used stones from the middle of the
river bed as a monument for future generations to
remember God's deliverance. As he spoke, the four
seniors who had served as class presidents, placed
stones on Rudd's stage. "We look at those monu-
ments in the Old Testament in the shadow of the
cross. In I Peter, we read that God is building us as
living stones into God's temple. The fact that you are
a living stone means you have a delivered, deliberate,
dedicated story to tell, as living stones to Christ."
Dr. Livesay encouraged graduates to continue to
support their classmates. Reading a news article
about softball players who carried an injured oppo-
nent around the bases after she had hit a home run
but was unable to continue, he said, "As one of you
falls, I hope your classmates will pick you up and
carry you around the bases until you win the game
of life. When you return for your 50th anniversary in
2' '58, may it be said of you that you love the Lord
■■ uh all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love
^ i • .is vim do yourself."
The reception honoring the Class of 2008 was
moved from the President's home to the cafeteria
because of rain, but the weather cleared in time for
the graduation ceremony to be held on the Triangle
Before diplomas were distributed. Dr. Livesay
conferred on Bryan trustee Erwin D. "Lat" Latimer
an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
(Please see the related story.)
Paul Gutacker, who delivered the graduation
address, said his years at Bryan have helped him
understand "how deeply broken the world is — how
utterly ruined it is by evil. We need hope — not a
good feeling, not a blind optimism, but something
real to cling to — some promise that we can be con-
vinced of. We are desperately looking for hope."
Optimistic humanism, despair, and apathy — natu-
ral responses to a broken world — fail as victorious
responses because they inaccurately address the prob-
lem of evil and the true nature of human beings.
"What we need most, and what we cannot live
without, is a hope that can be weighed against these
things and found to be greater. Our weighty hope is
based in both a historic event and a promised future.
Behind us we see the cross, the foundation of our
hope. An empty tomb proclaims that injustice cannot
triumph, that death is utterly defeated, and that
humanity can be redeemed and restored.
"In front of us we see the promise of eternity
and the realization of our hope. We see that life will
be as it was meant to be — that even though our
experience of evil is so big, in the scope of eternity
it is actually small. The norm will be humans living
Bryan life 3
in joyful, intimate relationship with each other and
Awards presented at the ceremony included the
P. A. Boyd Prize to Paul Gutacker and Paige Ratzlaff,
presented to the students "whose principles and char-
acter have secured for them the highest degree of
influence over their fellow students;" the Highest
Scholastic Record Award to Regina Wade; the Aspire
Research Award to Bambi Howard: the Most Progress
Award to Manoel Silva; and the Faithfulness and
Loyalty Award to Jessica Hundley.
Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White also pre-
sented a Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Marcy
Froemke, who has resigned her faculty position at the
end of this year.
In all, the college awarded I 1 Master of Business
Administration degrees. 54 Bachelor of Arts degrees,
and 91 Bachelor of Science degrees. Adding the 89
undergraduate degrees awarded in December 2007,
the 234 undergraduate degrees since the May 2007
commencement is the largest number awarded in
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(Above) Members qj the Class of 1958, who returned for their Golden
Anniversary reunion, include, from left, David Watson, Lloyd Dow, Dean
Franklin, Paul Yates, Lester Don; JoAmi (Hclwig) Fisher, Don Williamson,
Mary (Graydon) Dow, Lewis Sdioettle, Evelyn (Patterson) Brown, Tom Fisher,
Barbara (Hidden Deck, and Dick Franklin.
(Top Right): Paul (jiitackcr delivered the 2008 commencement address.
(Bottom Right): Graduates Paige Ratzlaff and Paul Gutacker received the PA.
Boyd Awards. The tWO had an eventful summer, as they were married just a Jew
weeks after graduation and are now Mr. and Mrs. Paul Guttacker.
Latimer honored with doctorate
I DON'T KNOW OF ANYONE WHO LOVES
THIS COLLEGE MORE THAN LAT.
- DR. STEPHEN D. LIVESAY
rw m 1 ). '"L.it" Latimer
joined .in exclusive group
during graduation this year
when Bryan President Dr. Stephen
I). Livesa) conferred on him the
honorary Doctor of Humane
More than 20 family members
joined Mr. Latimer and his wife,
I me, for the special recognition
and lunch following the service.
Mr. Latimer, a trustee since
1992, is an enthusiastic booster for
the college. "I don't know of any-
one who loves this college more
than Lat." Dr. Livesay said. "More
than anyone I know, he models
what it means to give everything
that you have with every ounce of
energy to promote a school such
as Bryan- Everywhere he goes, he
recruits new students for Bryan.
He proudly wears our Bryan
College lapel pin. and lets every-
one know that Bryan, as our
namesake William Jennings Bryan
said so well, is 'a college that puts
Christ first' and strives to live In-
ns motto of Christ Above All."
He pointed out that since Mr.
Latimer joined the board ot
trustees, he has seised as interim
head cil' the advancement depart-
ment, financially supported con-
struction of the student center
Dr. Erwin D. Latimer holds the certificate honoring him as a Doctor of
Humane Leilas. Next to him is his wife Lane, and members of his family
proudly look on.
named in his honor several years
ago, and has been a friend and
mentor to Dr. Livesay and others
in the college community. "His
smiling face and infectious laugh-
ter brightens our day and lifts the
load of all who are part of the
Mr. Latimer responded that "1
love Bryan College, and have for
years and years and years. I have
enjoyed serving on the Bryan
College board. The leadership and
friendship of (former President)
Bill Brown and Stephen Lives. iv
have meant a lot to me and to
WAS A BLESSING.
Wilma Harrow leaves
a legacy of kindness
Wilma Harrow was an
ambassador for Bryan
while she lived, and her
support for the college continues
since she has gone to be with the
Her son, Roy Harrow, a 197(1
Bryan graduate, said he believes her
decision to include Bryan in her will
came from a love for the college and
.in appreciation for both the mission
of the college and the way it handles
"'She must have seen something
working in the business office and
with the teachers and students that
made her believe Bryan is one of the
more dependable places to give the
gifts she gave to the college," he said.
Mrs. Harrow and her family first
learned of Bryan when Roy was a
child. As the Harrow family was liv-
ing in Germany, where her husband
was stationed with the Air Force.
Roy listed Bryan as one of his choic-
es to receive his college entrance test
scores. He was accepted, and when
his father was sent to a new duty sta-
tion Mrs. Harrow moved to Dayton
temporarily. "She didn't know any-
one, but very early on was enfolded
into the Bryan family."
The family's experience in
Dayton was so positive that when
Mr. Harrow retired from the Air
Force they bought a farm on Dayton
Mountain. They became members of
Ogden Baptist Church on Walden's
Ridge, and Mrs. Harrow eventually
went to work in the Bryan business
office and later worked in the col-
Alan Winkler, '60, who taught at
Bryan and preached at Ogden Baptist
for many years, said. "She always
brought news to the church about
Bryan, who the speakers were, what
special events were coming. She was
very faithful about making our peo-
ple aware of what they could take
advantage of at Bryan. The people up
there really loved her."
Roy Harrow remembered that
his mother was particularly fond of
the ministry of the Bryan Women's
Auxiliary. "She loved to bake, cook,
and can. She loved making birthday
cakes for Bryan students from out of
town. She enjoyed surprising kids
who didn't expect anything like
Laura Kaufmann,'87, former
library director, remembers Mrs.
Harrow's love for students as a com-
pelling reason for her staying on as a
volunteer after her retirement. "She
was always cheerful, her presence was
a blessing to the students and staff.
She loved the students and loved to
be a part of their lives."
One of the reasons she went to
work is that "she always liked to stay
busy," Roy Harrow said. "She was
very magnanimous in her outlook,
trying to help people. She didn't
think she had much money, but she
was always willing to help with giv-
ing her time."
Under terms of Mrs. Harrow's
will, her gift will be used to endow a
scholarship to help deserving stu-
dents attend Bryan.
Jim Barth. Bryan's director of
planned giving, said Mrs. Harrow let
college officials know she had made
a bequest to the college in her will,
but had executed the will independ-
ently of college assistance. "We are
grateful for friends of the college
who express their support in lasting
ways such as Mrs. Harrow did," he
said. "We have resources that can
help individuals prepare their estate
plans and wills. Armed with the
additional information they can take
the information to their financial
and legal advisors as Mrs. Harrow
For more information about will
or estate planning, contact Mr. Barth
at 1-800-552-7926, by email at
barthji@Bryan.edu, or visit
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Bryan announces new theatre major
Theatre has become Bryan's newest — and
18th — major following action by the facul-
ty. Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White
Formerly an option in the communication stud-
ies major, students will be able to receive a B.A.
degree in theatre, a move major director Mr. Bernie
Belisle expects to aid in recruiting and more care-
fully define expectations.
Students will take between 24 and 30 credit
hours of theatre-related courses, along with three
core classes in the communication studies depart-
ment for their major. "We won't require an otl-cam-
pus internship because the experience majors will
get in our productions is plenty." Mr. Belisle
Mr. Belisle said an undergraduate degree in
theatre will provide some opportunities for gradu-
ates to break into the professional ranks and to gain
admission to graduate programs. The major also will
provide carrv-over skills valuable for other fields.
"The number one skill employers want is people-
skills." he siid. "Because this is a field where dealing
with people is critical, our graduates should have
skills that will benefit them in any field of employ-
Teacher licensure option added
to computer science program
Bryan College will offer a new teacher licen-
sure option in computer science beginning
this fall. Mr. Earl Reed, director of the
Computer Science program, has announced.
The program will offer state-approved teaching
credentials in addition to a degree in computer sci-
ence in a program requiring a total of 132 hours.
Students will take 32 hours of computer science
classes. 29 hours of education courses and one math
class beyond the general education requirements.
""This program will put us ahead of the curve,"
Mr. Reed said. "In doing our research for the pro-
gram we found only a handful of schools offering
licensure m computer science."
o I'hrLsi above .ill
For most Bryan student teachers, an "interna-
tional experience" means they have a child
from .1 foreign country in their classroom.
For Christy Noel, it meant flying to Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, to teach a class that sounds like the make-
up of the United Nations.
Christy is one of the first Bryan students to ful-
fill part of their student teaching requirement over-
seas, according to education professor Dr. Steve
DeGeorge. Since she lived in a large city, adjust-
ment was fairly simple. Professionally, she said,
"Teaching in the international classroom is not
much different than teaching in the States."
The biggest adjustment was to the slower pace
of life, which made it "challenging to not spend a
lot of time thinking about returning home and
things such as graduating and getting married."
Remodeling projects completed
Three remodeling projects were completed in Renovations to the dining hall and kitchen, and
time for the college to welcome hundreds changing rooms in Huston Hall to house three stu-
of guests for summer conferences. Vice dents instead of two will have long-range value for
President of Operations Tim Hostetler said.
Christy's class was made up of students from
Tanzania, missionary kids, and other internationals.
"I love teaching in a class with this much diversity.
It makes it so much fun as I learn from the students
about their different cultures."
Dr. DeGeorge said this and placements in an
inner-city school in New Jersey are designed to
"expand offerings to students and to better meet
the mission of Bryan College."
students as well. "The renovations to the residence
hall will give us 14 more beds," Mr. Hostetler said.
"That's critical for enrollment increases."
In the cafeteria, work done in May will allow
Pioneer Food Services to implement new meal
preparation and menu plans and to speed the serv-
In Mercer Hall, a face-lift and slight office
reconfiguration in the Admissions Department will
provide a more welcoming appearance to prospec-
tive students and their families and allow for better
Mr. Hostetler said using the campus during the
summer is a stewardship issue as well as a recruit-
ing tool. "It has to do with putting our facilities to
the best of their use as well as letting teens know
who we are and what we are here for," he said.
For two weeks, church groups will rent the cam-
pus, then, early in July, Summit will open its two
two-week leadership conferences.
Athletes receive honors, break records
The following student athletes
recently received honors:
First Team AU-AAC. AAC All-
Academic Team. NCCAA
MidEast Region Co-Player of
the Year, First Team NCCAA,
All-American, Scored 1,000th
point of career
AAC All-Academic Team
AAC All-Freshman Team
Jessica Southern: Honorable
Mention All-MidEast Region
NCCAA All-MidEast Region
NCCAA All-MidEast Region
Second Team, AAC All-Academic
AAC All-Academic Team
Michael Kent, Brad Starnes,
AAC Honorable Mention All-
Michael Kent, Jonathan
Brown, Daniel Zimmerman,
Matt Hicks, Ben Young, and
AAC Academic All-Conference
Josh Bradley(800 Meter Run),
Zach Mobley (800 Meter
Run), Daniel Goetz (Mile
Josh Bradley, Hunter Hall,
Daniel Goetz, and Zach
Mobley won the NCCAA
4x800 meter relay championship
Daniel Goetz (3000 meter
run), Zach Mobley (800
meter run), and Josh Bradley
(800 meter run):
At the Appalachian Athletic
Conference Meet, the men fin-
ished in third place. Daniel
Goetz won the 3k steeplechase
and Zach Mobley won the 800
meter run. All-Conference team
members include Daniel Goetz,
Zach Mobley, Hunter Hall,
Colby Smith, Drew Nunnelly,
Josh Bradley, and the 4x400
team of Mobley, Nunnelly,
Smith, and Bradley.
At the NAIA Outdoor national
championships, Josh Bradley
became the first Bryan College
track athlete to be named a two-
time NAIA All-American with
his 5th-place finish in the 800
During the indoor and outdoor
season Bryan set 1 1 school
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Mr. Jim Barth attended the
Christian Stewardship Association
conference in Albuquerque, N.M..
Jan. 30-Feb. 2. He also attended
the Gift Legacy Internet
Marketing seminal in Washington,
D.C., where he received the
Bronze Award for the Bryan
College GiftI egacy website and
weekly eNewsletter. The award
recognized Bryan's GiftLegacj
web site as being among the top 2
percent of page views in 2007
among more than 5.01)0 develop-
Mrs. Tracey Bridwell, Mrs.
Janice Pendergrass ami Ms.
Paulakay Ricketts attended the
annual conference ot the Council
for Advancement and Support of
Education in Atlanta, Ga., in
February. Mrs. Pendergrass also
attended the Southern
Millennium Users Group confer-
ence at Centre College in
Danville. Ky.. in March.
Mrs. Valerie Castlen attended
the College and University Mail
Services Association conference
March 3'1-April 3, in Rome, Ga.
Dr. Scott Jones and Mr. Stefon
Gray attended the National
Institute for Technology and
Liberal Education workshop
"Introduction to Teaching with
Technology in Liberal Education."
Dr. Doug Kennard and other
Biblical Studies faculty members
attended the regional meeting ot
the Evangelical Theological
Society and Evangelical
Philosophical Society in
Memphis, Tenn., in March. He
presented papers for both ETS
and EPS. Student Mark Baker
submitted his senior thesis, which
was chosen as one of the top
three student papers submitted.
Dr. Jeff Myers spoke in New
Jersey and New York, and partici-
pated in a meeting of political and
social leaders with the Council
tor National Policy in New
Orleans, La., in March. In May he
spoke to Christian school and
home school groups in Nashville,
Tenn., Orlando, Fla., McDonough,
Ga., and Winston Salem, N.C.
Dr. Michele Pascucci success-
fully defended her dissertation,
"'Between Mexico and Asia: Image
and Poetry in the Work of Jose
Juan Tablada," on May 12, and was
awarded the Ph.D. degree in
Spanish from the University of
Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain.
Mr. Scott Smith presented a
paper to the 39th annual
Conference on African Linguistics
on "Language Development in
Dr. Roger Sanders and Dr.
Todd Wood had their peer
review paper, "Toward a Practical
Theology of Peer Review," posted
on the Answers Research Journal
Dr. Ray Smith was elected
chairman of the board of Lumiere
Medical Ministries, a ministry
headquartered in Gastonia, N.C.
He traveled to the Czech
Republic in February and March
to teach at Mendel University and
at a NATO air force base.
Dr. Mel Wilhoit sang in per-
formances of Brahm's "Requiem"
with the Chattanooga Symphony
Opera and Chorus in March. In
April he sang with the
Chattanooga Bach Choir in its
spring concerts in Cleveland and
Chattanooga. He also presented a
paper, "R.E. Winsett Music
Company: A Case Study in Ma
and Pa Publishing," at the Middle
Tennessee State University's con-
ference "Farther Along: Southern
Gospel Singing Convention
Music" in April.
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WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO?
I have been sitting in this chair for
about Nix months now, and have taken
a few moments to reflect on wli.it I
have witnessed and heard over that time.
First, I went back 30 years to my time
as a student. "Christ Above All'* was our
motto then. In the classroom, even before
we knew what a biblical worldview was,
we were getting an education from a bib-
lical worldview perspective. All our activi-
ties, our chapels, our classes were guided
by chat ideal.
Were all decisions handled with that
in mind? For the most part, yes. I have
heard of Stories where grace was left out-
side, and hearts were broken, spirits were
quashed. Nevertheless, we pressed on. At
the end of our time here, we were begin-
ning to understand the motto, and put
into practice, no matter what. "Christ
More recently. I have reconnected
with many old friends, and made some
new ones. I asked myself, what was their
lit'.- motto? Did they remember the Bryan
UP A CHAIR AND
JOIN ME AT THE
BRYAN COLLEGE .
Greg Cromartie, '80, faced almost certain death from
Kurdish guerrillas on Mt. Ararat looking for the Ark.What
was his motto when facing a loaded gun? "Christ Above All."
What about Debi Howies Newman. '83, writing books and
maintaining a website to encourage women.
www.teatimeforyoursoul.com.Yep, "Christ Above All."
1 heard from an alum who went through a painful
divorce. At the end of it she was able to proclaim "Christ
My wife and 1 spent a week with Matt, '83, and Chrissie,
'86, Landes in Dallas. From the front row at a Dallas Mavericks
basketball game, to hosting a senior prom party for their very
talented son. to late-night conversations about life. I learned
that God has blessed them immeasurably because, yes. they
live "Christ Above All."
More than 60 percent of Bryan alums find then life part-
ner here. Do you know how blessed you are? You were able to
find someone with the same values, same life goals, same
motto, "Christ Above All." You were able to grow together, to
share together, to learn together what it means. "Christ Above
What I discovered watching my fellow alums is that
although Bryan College has for its motto "Christ Above All."
our alumni population by and large has adopted it .is ,i
lifestyle.Th.it, my friends, is a priceless education.Th.it. my
friends, is what binds us together after all these years.
Please pull up a chair and join me at the table of fellow-
ship at Bryan College. What's your story? What's YOUR
In His Grace,
David Tromanhauser, '80
Director of Alumni Relations
1971: Maye Hayes Jcpson
Dr. Steve DeGeorge, Dr. Marq
I roemke, and Dr. Ken Froemke
FROEMKE, '72. was honored by
the liryan education department
with a farewell reception this
spring as she has announced her
retirement as associate professor of
education. During commence-
ment, she also was presented a
distinguished service award.
JACK RODDY, '75 became
director of missions for the
Watauga Association of Baptists in
Northeast Tennessee in September
201)7. This new ministry follows a
22-year pastorate at Siam Baptist
Church in Elizabethton. Jack's
wife, JE ANNIE (WARREN)
'79. works as a teaching assistant
in the Elizabethton City School
system, and also enjoys leading
and teaching in Sunday school
and Church Training clinics in
association churches. Jack is a 13-
year cancer survivor; both are
involved in Relay For Life. They
reside in Johnson City, and have
two grown sons, Peter and
RHONDA JACKSON, '77. has
been in Honduras for nine years.
She has started a children's home
for mountain children and a
school for poor children in the
area of Siguatepeque. Her website
is www.destinodelreino.org. She
said her school needs teachers, and
encouraged Bryan grads to contact
her through her website if they are
interested in serving in a mission
school. "Thanks for all the great
things that Bryan did for me. God
really met me there and prepared
me for the wonderful life 1 have
here in Honduras now."
1980: Tom Branson
1984: Paulakay Franks
1985: Steve Stewart
1986: Gina Lyles Hays
1987: Laura Kaufmann
1988: Brett Roes
1989: Gretchen Mann Sanders
DAVE, '81, and KATHY (DAY)
CLASSEN, '82, write that their
family took a mission trip to
Thailand in March, part of their
plans for a brief sabbatical Dave is
taking this year from his ministry
responsibilities. They visited mis-
sionary friends and let their
daughter see a mission school
where she has considered teach-
MATT, '83. and CHRISSIE
(WOOD), '86x. LANDES live in
Dallas, Texas. Matt is chief execu-
tive officer of Lobo Tortilla Co.
and last year was named to the
board of directors of the Tortilla
Industry Association. Chrissie stays
busy in community activities.
They have a daughter Lauren. 21,
and a son Austin, 18. ^
JERRY and CINDY
both '84, serve with Wycliffe
Bible Translators in Papua New
Guinea, where Jerry has developed
a "Portable Audio Recording Kit,"
or PARK, to help translators
record Scripture and music in
their villages. PARK is a solid-
state digital recorder that can run
on batteries for use in remote
areas. They report the device has
been well-received by translators.
SHAWN WOLF, '86. has been
named president of Wright
Manufacturing Co., a leader in
commercial lawn maintenance
lie hnology based in Frederick, ^^
Md. Shawn was chief operating
officer for. eight years before being
named president Feb. I .
1991: Debbie MacNab Gegerson
BRETT KIK. 91x. lives in
Madisonville. Ky., with his wife,
( lucii. and four children. Hannah.
Abby, Jett, and Bob. He is co-
owner and managing member of
Charbon Contracting in
KATHY (SHANNON) FAIN,
'92, received her Master of
Library Science degree from the
University of North Carolina-
Chapel Hill December 16.2007.
She now works as a children's
librarian at Southgate Library in
Raleigh, N.C., part of the Wake
County, N.C.. public library sys-
MICHAEL, '93x. and JULIA
(EDDLETON), '96, COLLOMS
announce the birth of their
daughter, Addison Christine, on
Feb. 18. Addison weighed 7 lbs., 4
oz., and was 21 1/2 inches long.
She joins big brother Daniel and
big sisters Megan and Emma. The
Colloms family lives in Cleveland,
r '97x. COLPO
birth of their >e Colpo
son, Giacobbe, on Feb. 16.
Giacobbe. pronounced "ja'cobbe,"
was 9 lb., 1 oz.. and 20 1/2 inches
ALAN, '94x. and TAMI
(MILLER), '92, BARTH
birth of their first
Alan, on Feb. 19.
The Barths have
| lived in
Ind., since their
Barch Familj August. 2004. Tami
is a clinical psy-
chologist working at Samaritan
Center and also in private prac-
tice, and Alan works with a private
DEREK, '95, and Julie
BOLLINGER announce the
Christmas Bollingei Family
season. Cherish was a year old
when she became part of the
Bollinger family. The Bollingers
live in Jacksonville, Fla.
RICKY VELARDE, '96, is a
clinical psychologist working in
assisted living facilities in Florida.
He earned his doctorate in 2002,
and worked as a clinical psycholo-
gist in Nebraska until moving to
Florida to be near his family.
CHRISTINA BROOME, '98,
and Luciano Goicochea, Jr. were
married March I 4. The
Goicocheas live in Lawrenceville,
JEFF PAULSON, '97. lead litera-
cy instructor and third-grade
teacher at Thrasher Elementary
School in Chattanooga, Tenn., was
chosen elementary school teacher
of the year in Hamilton County
JEREMY TOLIVER, '98, was
named February's Builder of the
Month by the Home Builder's
Association of Southeast Tennessee
in Chattanooga, the local chapter
of the National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB). Jeremy is
a licensed residential and small
commercial general contractor and
owner of Toliver Construction
Enterprises, LLC, in Day ton. He
serves on the board of directors of
the NAHBR, the remodeling side
of NAHB. One of his downtown
Dayton projects won the
Downtown Dayton Merchants
Association Beautification award.
TCE also recently completed a
historic renovation of the Spring
City Railroad Depot, circa 1910.
Jeremy and his wife. ALANA
(YEDERLINIC), '98. and their
sons Nathan. 5: Caleb. 3; and Levi,
almost 1, live in Dayton.
MANDY (WILLS), '98, and Joel
the birth of their second child.
Lucy Joy, on Oct. I. 2007. Lucy
weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz., and was 19
inches long. She joins big brother
Tyler, 2. The Herpolsheimer fami-
ly lives in Grand Rapids. Mich.,
where Mandy is a stay-at-home
mom and Joel is a design manager
for a tool and die business.
2001: Elizabeth Miller
2002: Jonathan Mobley
2003: Matt Lowe
2004: Taylor Smith
2005: Barton Stone
2006: Rob Palmer
Kayla and Sophie Kalenza
RUSTY, '01. and JENNIFER
(FERRELL), '00, KALENZA
announce the birth of their sec-
ond daughter. Sophia "Sophie"
Marie, on July 19. 2007. Sophie
weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz. and was 20
inches long. She joins big sister
K.iyla. 4. The Kalenza family
recently moved to Fort Mill, S.C.
Jennifer enjoys being a stay-at-
home mom and Rusty is a vice
president/project manager for
Bank of America in Charlotte.
JOHN, 'Olx. and SUSAN
(BAKER), '01, OTT announce
2007. Jude weighed ') lbs,. 2 oz..
and was 20 1/2 inches long. He
joins big brothers Liam. 5, and
Aidan, 2. The Otts live in
Bethlehem. Pa., where John is a
logistics assistant and warehouse
supervisor for Nestle Purina and
Susan stays at home full-time.
IV, '02. and KATIE (BUT-
TRAM), '03, SMITH announce
the birth of
on Feb. I 4.
8 lbs., 1 oz.
She joins lug
4: and Duke. 2.
Jude i )n
40 ' birth of their
^L jflflsecond daughter.
Anon and Llla Ella Carru '- ou
Urquhart Dec. 11.2007.
Ella weighed 8 lbs.. 9 oz. She joins
big sister Afton Reay, 2.
KRISTI (LESTMANN), '02. and
Adam DYER announce the birth
of their second daughter. Holly
Rae, on Oct. 19.2007. She joins
big sister Caden. 3. The Dyer fam-
ily lives in Dayton, Term., where
Kristi is a stay-at-home mom and
Adam is working as a system
administrator for Chattanooga
Group in Chattanooga, Term.
ul H..IK I
EMILY SMITH, '03x. graduated
from the Regent University School
of Law m May 2006. and practices
with the firm MrRat-. Stegall.
I'eek. Harnian, Smith and
Maiming, LLP in Rome. C'.a. She
also is on the board of directors ot
TeenPact Leadership Schools, .i
TIM, '04x, and REBEKAH
(COLEMAN) LONG, '04,
announce the birth ot their son,
Elijah Ray. on Dec. 2(>. 2007.
Elijah weighed 8 lbs.. 1 oz.. and ^\
was 2o 1/4 inches long. The Long^^p
family lives in Chattanooga. Tenn.
JULIE MILLER, '05x, received
■ her Doctor of
I degree from the
^ University of
[of Law in May.
She served as
president of the
I Child Law
Society this p.isr
year. She plans to take the Florida
bar examination in July, and to
work as an assistant district attor-
ney in Miami.
HEIDI IMMEL, '07. and Dan i
Schumaker were married July 28.
16 Christ above ;> 1 1
I inn and Heidi
2(107. in Charlotte, N.C.The
Schumakers live in Grandville.
JONATHAN BAILES, '07, and
RACHEL PALMER, '03, were
married Feb. 23. in Birmingham.
Ala. The Baileses live in
GREG, '05, and JUNE (CRAB-
TREE), '91, DIXON announce
^^ | ^^^^ the birth of
n Jana Lee. on
Feb. 7. Kendal weighed 5 lbs.. 3
oz., and was 18 1/2 inches long.
Jana weighed 4 lbs., 7 oz., and was
17 inches long. The Dixon family
lives in Graham, N.C.
Rev. THOMAS INMAN, '49x.
of Colorado Springs, Colo., died
ec. 2d. 2007. He is survived by
his wite. Geneva Inman, and four
EDNA (JACOPS) GARDNER,
'51x, died March 28. She is sur-
vived by her husband, Lamar
Gardner, of Fremont, Ohio.
BONNIE PRATT, '58. of St.
Paul. Minn., died Jan. 18.
Word has been received that Dr.
Earl Williamson, a faculty member
in the late l L J40s and early 1950s,
died in 2005. He is survived by his
wife. HELEN (GOW)
/// the Spring edition of Bryan Life
ire inadvertently misidentified several
children of the late Robert Murphey,
'SO. His wife, Ruth Currie
Murphey,'51x; and children, Katlty
Farney, '71; Tim Murphey, '73x;
Coleen McKeehan, '78; and Rob
Murphey, '83, arc all Bryan alumni.
We apologize for the error.
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ALUMNI CHAPTERS %)
Officer: David Starbuck, '03
Officer: James Arnette, '90
Jackie Perseghetti, '82
Kansas City, MO
Officer: TabithaMoe, '00
Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04
Officers: Mark Robbins, '80
Mary Pierce Ewing, '75
Officer: Lewis Alderman. '86
Officer: Abby Miller, "03
Officers: John Corcoran, '68
Barry Gilman, '69
Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03
Ginny Schatz, '54
Bud Schatz, '56
Faith Heitzer, '69
Joe Runyon, '79
Tom Branson, '80
Ed Fickley, '89
Barton Stone, 05x.
For more information, contact the
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T>ride of Bryan"
Nearly 80 years ago the first Bryan students drove - or walked - up Bryan Drive to the new Bryan College
campus. That same street, with several more layers of asphalt, still serves as the main entrance to a campus that is
"newer" than it was in 1935.
Almost five years ago the college completed the permit process to build a new entrance, began acquiring the
necessary property, and developed plans for the project.
Now it's time to build!
Already Bryan has spent some $750,000 to reach this point. Construction
will cost approximately $1 million.
lumni ai ing "lets do it."
One alum, out of a deep love for the college and the Christ-centered education
it provides, has offered a challenge grant
of $50,000 to encourage other alumni to
give to help make the new entrance a
reality. The "Pride of Bryan New
Entrance Project" is another way alumni
can contribute toward the new entrance.
Alumni Director David Tromanhauser
has located noble, elegant concrete
sculptured lions which will be placed
along the half-mile entranceway. Already
16 class representatives have agreed to
work to raise $25,000 each to "buy" a lion,
which will be identified as a gift from those
classes. When 40 classes have made that
commitment, the project will be fully funded.
Present entrance to the college along
Lions will he 3 '•- (eel tall. 4 ! ':■ leet
long,andweigh6QQlbs.They will be con-
creted into the ground, with a plaque
hoi tor 1 1 ig the donor ehis>,
For more information and to help make the new entrance a reality, contact
David Tromanhauser at 423-775-7308 or by email at davidtfSbryan. eclu.
CONFIRMED WHAT I WAS
LEARNING IN THE
- NATHAN HORNE
Students participate in summer
internships around the world
Summer job" is caking on .1
whole new meaning for many
Bryan students .in they spend
■ nine between spring and fall
mesters in a variety of internships,
feting requirements for their
ees and maybe even being paid.
Internships range from the diplo-
^fcrfic (Jonathan Barnett is working
the Stale Department in the
imas) to the festive (Nathan
ne is working for the Riverbend
val in Chattanooga, Tenn.) to
uy-centered (IS students are
king in six countries around the
rid in mission-focused jobs).
"Internships supplement the
ationaJ experience gamed in the
ssroom by giving students hands-
experience," Academic Vice
lent Dr. Cal White said. -This is
jable for them later as they inter-
Forjobs after graduation, and it
ts the college by gaining and
ititaining meaningful connections
organizations in this area and in
parts of the country and
•ne ot the more high-profile
ternships belongs to rising senior
nathan Harnett, a politics and gov-
ernment major, who will spend near-
ly three months at the American
embassy in Nassau. Bahamas. "My job
will include reading and answering
cables, researching specific projects,
taking notes at official meetings and
escorting dignitaries." he said.
Dr. Ron l'etitte, Jonathan's major
professor, said the selection process is
"very objective. Unlike some politi-
cal internships the selection does not
rest i)n who you know." Jonathan
competed with students from across
the country, and was selected as an
alternate candidate, which meant he
has to pay for travel and meals. Dr.
l'etitte said the Schnabel Foundation
provided a grant to cover meals, and
the Bryan Center for International
Leadership provided travel funds.
On the other end of the spec-
trum. Nathan Home, who graduated
in May. is completing an internship
that began in February with the 2Sth
annual Riverbend Festival in
Chattanooga. The corporate commu-
nications major, who plans to study
advertising and public relations m
graduate school this fill, said his
internship "encouraged me in the
fact that I learned hands-on practical
stuff at Bryan professionally and spir-
itually. It's encouraging to know my
education prepared me tor the
internship and the internship con-
firmed what 1 was learning in the
His responsibilities have included
creating and delivering press releases
about the festival and entertainers,
working on the program guide,
meeting with media representatives,
and brainstorming with the promo-
1 ions staff on advertisements.
Mr. Matt Benson, ilean of spiri-
tual formation, said \ti students are
Bryan life It)
involved in missions-related
internships in Rwanda, China.
Slovakia, Vienna, and India. Like
the spring Break for Change and
fall Applied Missions trips, these
students "are doing missions activ-
ities related to their vocational
interest. But the internships offer a
much deeper experience in the
(foreign) culture. They are in their
internships long enough to get
tired of it, but with a mentor to
help them deal with that. They are
finding that they are the same per-
son there as they are here, finding
some things they like, some things
"The goal is to help give them
an idea of what a missions lifestyle
looks like, so they are aware of
global needs even if they don't
become vocational missionaries. If
they pick up a passion for missions
and how to live that passion for
the needs ot the world, 1 love
Erin Grayson, a junior com-
munication studies major horn
Maryville. Tenn.. found an intern-
ship that fills requirements for
both her major and the honors
program. "I'm going to be work-
ing with Anita Bickford with the
Summer Institute of Linguistics
school in Grand Forks, N.D.," she
said. "Ms. Bickford helped compile
the phonetics text book we used
this semester" in a class for her
'The first project I'll be work-
ing on is to take all the sounds
that have been found common to
all languages of the world and put-
ting them together in a sound
chart. People will be able to use
that as a studv aid on video or on
the Internet. I'll tape (Ms.
Bickford) saying the sounds.
I learned some ot them in
linguistics, but I know I'll
pick up more and get them
down better hearing her
If time permits, she
will help rebuild a comput-
er program for teaching and
testing tones by inputting
Mary Clauson, a senior mathe-
matics major from Warren, Mich..
has an internship combined with a
math class at Oakland University
in Rochester, Mich. "It's called a
Research Experience for
Undergraduates," Mary explained.
"I'm taking a four-week class on
scientific visualization using a
computer and working with a
mentor on a research project for
eight weeks. We're learning how to
create computer graphics in the
Mathmatica program, demonstrat-
ing data graphically on a comput-
er." Her research project involves
studying the spread of a disease in
South America and how to control
Emily Ricketts, a senior from
Dayton, Tenn., will begin her
internship in August at Disney
World in Florida, something of a
dream come true for the commu-
nication studies-theatre emphasis
"It has been a dream of mine
for many, many years to go to
work for Disney," Emily said.
"When I found out they have a
program where you can get col-
lege credit while you work, I real-
ly wanted to do it. I decided to
audition and I got the role of
Mickey Mouse. It was essentially a
dance audition with a little bit of
acting. I didn't get called back for
a second dance audition, so I
thought I wouldn't get anything.
But they offered me the character
role. 1 think my height helped
because Mickey Mouse is 4 feet. H
inches to 5 feet."
While specific job instructions
will come when she reports in
August, she said as Mickey Mouse .
she will be dropping into stores ^^
and restaurants, participating in
the theme park's parades, signing
autographs, and having her picture
made with guests.
Emily, Nathan, and Jonathan
share the distinction ot being
"firsts" for Bryan interns. Emily is
the first Bryan student to land a
position as a character at Disney
World, although Kathryn Rawley
interned with Disney in another
capacity several years ago. Nathan
is the first to intern at Riverbend,
and Jonathan is the first to intern
with the Department of State.
While internships are required
in many majors, Nathan has dis-
covered an even more basic reason
for the program: "I encourage any-
body to try an internship in their .
field to see if it fits."
20 Christ above
honor and memor
"You are the light of the world. A city on .1 hill cannot be hidden...
^^^^0 Let your light shine before men. that they may see your good deed-. ^ JS l^J
( h.ules and Theda Thomas
Charles and Theda Thomas
Charles and Theda Thomas
Charles and Theda Thomas
Dr. and Mrs. David McCallie
Everett and Onalee Gannon
Everett and Onalee Gannon
Jack and Karin Traylor
S.Thomas and Carol Cecil
Stephen and Corinne Livesay
Vance and Connie Berger
and pi iise yout Father m heaven."
Matthew 5:14. 16
in memory of
A. Gurney Owens
Dr. Irving Jensen
Dr. Theodore Mercer
in honor of
Paul and Lauralee Boling
Dr. Erwin Latimer
Tom and Mary Frances Carlson
Dr. John Anderson
Special thanks to Bryan
^^^j^^^^ simian Hilary Tul I berg for
/«$ ^k movidiug ilic cover plwio for
1 M the spring edition of Bryan
^^J Lite (above). Tullberg, a senior
4 majoring in communication
studies, has a intent jor
^ Y\ capturing the beauty oj the
Bryan College campus with
striking images of its /lowers and landscaping (left
ami below). She has also contributed several photos
of the 2008 commencement ceremony on pages 2
and 4 inside, lb see more of her photos, visit:
CHRIST ABOVE ALL
P.O. Box 7000
Dayton, TN 37321-7000